Signing of a partnership between Inria and New York University
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This partnership agreement, signed by Inria and New York University at this end of year 2017, aims to facilitate collaborations and exchanges between the two institutions. With its 15 establishments spread over six campuses across Manhattan, New York University is the largest, non-profit private university in the country.
The main objective of this partnership is to develop cooperations between Inria on the one hand and, and on the other hand, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Science and the Center for Data Science (CDS) - two of the most prestigious components of New York University (NYU).
The Courant Institute of Mathematical Science is specialised in mathematics and computer science, and the aim of the Center for Data Science is to conduct interdisciplinary research in the data sciences and artificial intelligence.
For many years, Inria has maintained an ongoing relationship with the Courant Institute and the CDS, which has notably been reflected in sabbaticals by permanent Inria researchers and the awarding of an Inria international chair to Dennis Shasha, professor at New York University and member of the Courant Institute, in addition to traditional collaborations between researchers from New York University and Inria.
This partnership aims to reinforce these cooperations through, in particular, furthering researcher and student exchanges. The first collaboration subjects identified are data analysis, deep learning, computer vision and data visualisation.
For Inria, it will be led mainly by Jean Ponce, university professor at the ENS in Paris, seconded to Inria and in office at the Center for Data Science and, for NYU, by Yann LeCun, professor at NYU, founder of the Center for Data Science and scientific director of the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) laboratory and Professor Richard Bonneau, current director of the CDS.
Scientific director of the Willow research team (ENS/CNRS/Inria), Jean Ponce is also professor at the French grande école École normale supérieure (ENS), where he was in charge of the computer science department from 2011 to 2017. An eminent specialist in computer vision, he has spent most of his career in the United States, at MIT in Stanford and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Jean Ponce is internationally recognised for his research in several fields of artificial intelligence, from statistical learning to computer vision and robotics. IEEE Fellow and senior member of the organisation Institut Universitaire de France, he has also been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant and is the holder of two US patents.
Yann Le Cun
A graduate of the engineering graduate school École supérieure d’ingénieurs en électronique et électrotechnique (ESIEE) in Paris and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Yann LeCun joined Bell Laboratories in 1988 before being appointed department director at AT&T laboratories in 1996. A researcher in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and robotics for 30 years, he is considered one of the fathers of deep learning. Yann LeCun is a professor at New York University and scientific director of the Facebook AI Research (FAIR) laboratory, specialised in artificial intelligence.